New Adventures of Old Christine, The: The Complete First Season (DVD)
This hilarious comedy from Kari Lizer (Will & Grace) stars Emmy® Award winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Christine Campbell, a divorced working mom who successfully juggles the daily stresses of motherhood and owning a women's 30-minute gym. Her 8-year-old son, Ritchie (Trevor Gagnon), has been accepted to a posh private school, and her twentysomething slacker brother, Matthew (Hamish Linklater), lives with her and serves as Ritchie's sometime babysitter. Christine gets along with her charming ex-husband, Richard (Clark Gregg), even better than when they were married. But Christine's life just got a lot more complicated. Richard's new girlfriend (Emily Rutherfurd) is nice, young, impossible to hate and also named Christine -- "new" Christine. Guess who suddenly is referred to as "old"? The series also stars Tricia O'Kelley and Alex Kapp Horner as two snooty stay-at-home moms. Wanda Sykes guest stars as Christine's best friend, Barb, and Andy Richter appears as a "sad dad."
Putting an end to the so-called "Seinfeld
curse," Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars in her own hilarious 2006 television sit-com as a divorced single mother struggling to raise a child while fighting her own insecurities. The series opens with Christine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) having recently enrolled her young son Ritchie (Trevor Gagnon) in an exclusive private school and feeling uncomfortably aware that she doesn't fit in with the other moms. Christine's ex-husband Richard (Clark Gregg) doesn't make things any easier when he shows up with his new girlfriend, also named Christine (Emily Rutherfurd), whom Christine doesn't even know exists, and things get even worse when the new girlfriend is quickly dubbed "New Christine" leaving Christine with the distasteful moniker "Old Christine." Even Ritchie senses that things are different at his new school on the first day, blurting out "where are the black kids?" in front of his horrified mother. Thus begin 13 episodes of pure comic fun in which basically good, likeable, yet invariably flawed characters seem destined to blurt out those socially unacceptable thoughts that often run through a person's head as they struggle to fit in and build meaningful relationships with each other. Whether Old Christine is trying to rid the world of prejudice, satisfy her own sexual needs, dating a man who wants more commitment than she can offer, trying to live up to the impossible standards of the meanie moms at school, maintain a friendship with her ex-husband, or just do the best job that she can raising her son, she can always be counted upon to do or say the absolute wrong thing and get herself into one uncomfortable situation after another. What makes it all so side-splittingly funny, besides the amazing comic delivery of each and every actor, is the great writing that ensures viewers can relate on a fundamental level to Christine's every predicament. Special features include unaired scenes, a blooper reel, and a 17-minute "The Real Christine" featurette with interview footage of all the major characters as well as show creator Kari Lizer, writer Katie Palmer, director Andy Ackerman, and co-executive producer Adam Barr. --Tami Horiuchi